Canvas Gallery Wrap {product feature}

Over the last few months, I’ve made products available for my clients. As you all receive digital images, you’re welcome to turn your images into products yourselves, but I understand how it can be overwhelming. Will the print house to get the color right? Will the quality be what you expect? Do you trust yourself to crop the image so that it fits?

Unless you’ve done it before, it can a bit nerve-racking as you sit at the keyboard and take a deep breath before you close out your shopping cart. And that’s one of the reasons why I started offering products: to make it easier for you. But also because I want the best possible quality for the photos you decide to turn into art for your home.

Before the holidays, I hosted a client giveaway for an 11×14 canvas gallery wrap.  I myself had never ordered a canvas wrap and though I was familiar with the quality of this product from my print house, I still wanted to go through the process, analyze the product and then gift it to one amazing and completely deserving client in time for the holidays.  My dear friend from college, Juliane, was the winner and together we selected images from her November session and finally narrowed it down to this one:

It’s just as you’d expect a canvas gallery to be, it’s frameless (which I love frameless presentation) and the image is printed directly on the canvas.  It’s then wrapped, or stretched, around a 1.5″ wooden frame and finished with a clean back.  The canvas provides additional texture to the image that you wouldn’t normally see on a photograph or a floating wrap.

The corners are perfectly folded and didn’t feel loose at all.  And I love how the top and bottom of the images wrapped over the sides, which gave it more of a seamless look.  As if the trees continued on.

I also really liked the back of the gallery wrap.  Not only is the canvas backed with sturdy matting, but the industrial staples really hold it all in place.  It came ready to hang with a saw-toothed hanger already attached to the back and little rubber stoppers at the bottom corners to help your canvas hang parallel to the wall without hurting your paint.

The thing that make a canvas gallery wrap different from the other wrap I provide is that it’s more luxurious.  The canvas printing is something different all together and any size canvas gallery wrap would look beautiful alone or alongside other wall hangings.  It’s also deeper; with the 1.5″ wooden frame, it has a  more refined look to it and really feels like an art piece.  The quality isn’t better – the product is completely different by comparison and that is why both wrap products are available.  But not everyone likes canvas… or the cost of canvas… so that’s why both options are available.

No matter how you choose to display your images, whether you create a small floating wrap, a large canvas gallery wrap or prints in frames, I hope you’re able to share them with your family and friends.  Photographs help us remember a certain moment in time whether it’s our children at a certain age or how we felt about our spouse before we started a family.  Just know that I’m here to help  you find the perfect product for your needs.

To see view other product features:
Gallery + Prints
Mini Accordion Albums
Floating Wraps 

January 30, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Stacy - Love them!! I keep thinking about doing that with a few of my photos…. I just haven’t yet.

Boot Scootin’ Cuffs

Many, many months ago, I stumbled upon a photo of boot cuffs thanks to Pinterest.  I immediately fell in love with them though, at the time, I had yet to purchase skinny jeans and/or tuck my pants into my boots.  Because, if I’m being honest here, fashion is not my forte.  At all.  (Just ask AmyHasBangs, my official unofficial stylist who gets picture texts from me that question “What do you think?”  True story.)  But back to the boot cuffs… I wanted them.  But like somethings on Pinterest, pinners do an awful job of actually linking a good URL.  This particular link led to Tumblr account which led to a dead-end.  Un-fun.

So after many more months, I was poking around in Ravelry (an obsession that Susan, my Pod-mate, instilled in me when I was just learning to knit) and I found them again.  The very same picture I’d seen on Pinterest.  And a pattern available for purchase.  So, being the awesome Pinterest-savvy person I am, I pinned the Ravelry link so that future boot cuff droolers wouldn’t face a dead-end Tumblr account.  You’re welcome.

And then, only months after that (this a short story that I’m making long), I finally overcame my fear of cable knitting, purchased the pattern and got to work.  Things I learned with this knitting project included :

• Cabling is, in fact, not that hard.  Quite easy actually.  And now I’m cabling everything.

• This was super fast project.  I’m a slow knitter and had both cuffs done in a few days time.

• I now had the cutest boot accessory and felt so fashion forward.

• I had no idea how to wear them.  And I felt like a moron for that.

Sad but true – even after all of Amy’s styling advice and lessons, I struggled with figuring out how to wear the boot cuffs.  I tried with skinny jeans.  Hated it.  Tried with taller boots.  Hated it.   Tried them tucked in and folded over.  Tried to wear them straight.  Tried to wear them around my ankles like I’d seen other women do at the airport.  Hated it, hated it, hated it.  I had failed.  Which made me frustrated because I was so excited about these dang boot cuffs.

Last week I was at Target and just *happened* to walk past the stocking section.  I stared at all the shades of leggings they had available and heard Amy in my head saying, “Do it!  I told you to get leggings months ago!  They will become your saving grace for wearing skirts and bloating up like hibernating bear this winter!”  (Caveat: Amy would have said something much more clever.  She’s very clever.  But just go with the flow.)  I reached out for the last pair of black leggings on the shelf and tossed them in the cart.

Target carts are the worst about finding extra things in them come checkout time, no?

It didn’t click until the next day that I should try the leggings with the boot cuffs.  With the weather looking dry, I planned a photo shoot in our driveway featuring my legs, my favorite pair of boots and the boot cuffs I knitted in December.

So here’s the thing: even as I was getting dressed for my little photo shoot, I still felt like an idiot in the boot cuffs.  (The leggings made me feel like an idiot as well, but we’re not going to discuss my weight issues and skin-tight bottoms with the free world.  Amen.)  But I told myself that I wanted to actually show off my first cables the way they were meant to be worn, even if it was only once – I was taking this one for the team.  The team being me.

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While I felt silly in this outfit (and you can’t see all of me for a hot mess of a reason), the photos actually turned out well.  And, while I’m on this honesty kick, the boot cuffs looked OK.  Cute even.  Does this mean that I’ve found a new cozy and fashionable outfit to wear?  Heck no.  Leggings will not be exiting my front door any time soon.  But there are these things called baby steps and I’m going to take them.  Let’s just hope I take them before it goes out of style.

*Pattern: Boot Candy by Sara Gresbach, pattern download available on Ravelry.com.

January 24, 2013 - 9:02 am

Christy Tyler - These are SO cute!!! Love them!

January 24, 2013 - 9:14 am

Melanie - Wear leggings boo!! I stick my chubby butt in them, they are awesome. Wear with a longer top or tunic or dress…..perfect for boots (and cuffs) in the winter. I’m just sayin’, I’m totally with Amy on this… BTW the cuffs are super cute!

January 24, 2013 - 9:20 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - LOVE how they look. Makes me want to jump on the boot bandwagon…but I am still traumatized by bad boot experiences of my youth :(

Celebrating Baby Gray {baby shower}

I’m not sure which of my friends these days aren’t expecting a baby (that’s right, because they all are), but my wonderful friends Jeremy and Jessica (also known as Rev and Mrs. Rev) are only a month out from meeting their little one for the first time.  And to celebrate the arrival of Baby Gray (which could be a boy or a girl), Martha and I pulled together a shower for their friends here in Louisville.  Jessica was no help – apparently your brain turns to mush when you’re busy growing a baby, so the only guidance we got was 1) white cake with a red middle, 2) not big on shower games and 3) cookie dough truffles.  (Apparently her mind wasn’t completely gone.)

We started planning before Christmas, found inspiration in the  gender-neutral invitation we loved, got everything in order and brought it all together to spend time with Jessica, shower her with gifts and eat homemade sweets.

Cake is the glue that holds these baby showers together, people.  Cookie dough truffles are what make strangers your new best friends.

Our take on the laundry line.  That included some very cute and beautiful hand-knit items by Martha.

Duck booties.  Kills me every time.

The “game.”  In lieu of playing games, we instead hid each guests’ name in a number.  And while mom-to-be opened gifts, she’d pick a number and that person would pick a prize.  Bonus: It became part of our decorations.

White cake filled with a strawberry center.  Oh my.  It was SUBLIME.  And watching Martha decorate it the evening before… torture!  But I helped.  I mixed the color into the icing.  And might have had a little pillow talk with it while Martha made flowers.

A wonderfully crafted onesie from Jeremy’s former co-workers.  It has a picture of little guy chopping down a cherry tree and the words “George Washington Gray” underneath.  Because Jeremy constantly reminds us that he wants to name his children after past presidents.  Because they’re “strong names.”

Odd to the outside world?  Probably.  Odd for Rev?  Heck no.

Jessica with her mom and her bump.

*love that bump*

And Jessica and Martha.  Love these ladies to bits.

I’ve said it plenty of times before, but the smartest thing my husband’s friends ever did was find amazing life partners.  Each of their wives is amazing and beautiful and I have no idea how these guys convinced these ladies to hang around.  But I am so glad they did.  And I’m so happy to call them friends.

Now we all have to wait a month or so to meet Baby Gray!  It’s an exciting time in our friends’ lives and Martha and I were very happy to help celebrate with them.  Now that the cake and truffles are gone though, I want a baby to photograph! :)

January 21, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Nazz - I love looking at your pictures and reading your blog!! Can’t wait to get running with you when you get back from your cruise!

January 21, 2013 - 9:34 pm

martha - I agree with Nazi. I love to read your blog. They always make me smile!

January 22, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Melanie - Aww, love Mrs. Rev! She is one good lookin preggo!! Looks like you all gave her an awesome shower, sad I couldn’t be there to celebrate with the momma to be!

NOLA in Black+White

The hubs and I made our way to New Orleans at the end of the year to 1) take a break from the real world and 2) cheer on the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl.  Since we got there a few days early (or five), we did a lot of walking, touring, viewing, site-seeing, relaxing, driving, ooh-ing, ahh-ing… it was a fun trip.

While it wasn’t my first time in New Orleans, I did get to see different things time around.  And I have to say one of my favorite days was the day we went to the zoo.  I don’t know why, but I love going to zoos.  And the zoo in New Orleans did not disappoint.  And the day we got breakfast in the French Quarter… and made about four more trips to the French Quarter that same day.  But wherever we went, Paco, my trusty little point-and-shoot camera came with me – that’s right, no dSLR on this trip.  But I didn’t need it.

Here’s a look at our trip to New Orleans.

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February 8, 2013 - 8:41 am

A Whirlwind Otherwise Known As January | Shutterboo Photography - […] the hubs.  Right after the holiday, we left on a jet plane to Baton Rouge.  Then took a Camaro to New Orleans to watch the greatest football game ever.  Throw in a super busy schedule at work and some baby […]

Listastic Tuesday

 

• It’s been over a week since we’ve been home from NOLA (also known as the weekend Florida drowned in Bridgewater), and I just can’t seem to find my bearings.  At home, at work… mark one thing off the list only to have ten more appear.  I did not expect mid-January to be so… so… I don’t know. Funky.

• But I did expect it to be filled with babies!

• I had my first session of 2013 just two days ago and I’m completely smitten by Baby Stella.  She’s precious as can be, sweet and so patient.  I really can’t wait to share more of her with you guys!

• But there is another sneak peek of Baby Stella’s session on my Facebook – check it out. :)

• And since this weekend, I’ve gotten the itch to get behind the camera again.  I gave myself a little break in December, but I want to roll up my sleeves and get creative.  I smell a short creative challenge in my future.

• If you have ideas, hit me up.  I’ve got none so far.  Help?

• And then there was that one time that Martha and I hosted a baby shower for Mrs. Rev.  It was last weekend as well and it was wonderful.  Great women, great conversation and great cake.

• I did happen to have dreams about the cake.  The night before and the night of.   And the cookie dough balls.  Luckily I still have a few of those to spare in my fridge to make dreams come true.

• Oh, believe me – you would have dreams too. Deelishuss.

January 15, 2013 - 8:53 am

katie - look at that sweet girl. and i love her name. feels good to get back into things, doesn’t it? and what a lovely way to start. a beautiful baby girl and a list.

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